O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Romeo and Juliet
Topic love dilemma marriage
Date 1597
Language English
Reference Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2
Note Written between 1591 and 1595 Juliet line
Weblink http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/romeo_juliet.2.2.html

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master In this very famous line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Juliet expresses the dilemma she must face : Romeo is the only one she loves, but Romeo is also the only one she can’t love because of the hate that drives their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This sentence is still today one of the most romantic symbols of impossible love. Juliet asks Romeo to deny his own identity, as she thinks this is the only obstacle to their union. The line contrasts their common desire and the social stress due to their birth. This quote highlights the Gordian knot of the plot, which drive them to a desperate search to reconcile the irreconcilable and will lead them to the final disaster.
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